He was born in Reggio Emilia, and studied under Guercino in Bologna. Painted in Rome, Reggio, and Piacenza. He visited Venice, taking with him his sister and assistant Flaminia. He was invited to the court of the Elector of Bavaria, and died in Munich. He painted as well with his left hand as with his right, and was a good etcher. Four etchings by him with the following titles:
- Susanna and the Elders.
- A Repose in Egypt.
- Virgin seated holding the Infant Jesus.
- Allegory with young Man looking in a Mirror, and seeing Sensuality, the Furies, and Death.
All these are signed with his name. Fussli mentions five more; four views in Italy, and a frontispiece to a book.
- Bryan, Michael (1889). Walter Armstrong & Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume II L-Z). York St. #4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. pp. page 584.
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